Long vowels when words and particles bleed together?

Let’s say we have a sentence where high school is the direct object. 高校を… Is that pronounced koukouu or koukou o. Basically, do we lengthen the vowel sound, or do we pronounce a discrete o sound? Thanks!

There are no う sounds in 高校 in the first place, even though う is used to write the long お. So… yeah, that covers it I think.

No matter what, you have 5 morae, こうこうを

How distinct the を is would be more about intonation than pronunciation.

haha oops bad example. It’s late where I’m at, and I wanted to shoot that question off quickly before i went to bed. At any rate, I mean any word that ends in an o sound followed by the wo particle. In such a case to we make a distinct o sound or make a long o sound?

As I said, it would be about the intonation. It’s typical for Japanese people to lay heavily into particles before embedding other clauses into sentences, and this would be a case where you’d probably hear the を distinctly. But if it itself is part of a clause that gets finished in one gulp, it probably won’t have much of a discernible gap.

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